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Just for kicks: Weighing his worth in Gould

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It’s a good thing for Lawrence Tynes he nailed that 47-yard field goal in overtime to topple the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game last month.

The New York Giants are close to signing Tynes to a $7 million, five-year contract, the New York Daily News reported.

You’d better believe the news has reached Robbie Gould, who is entering the final year of his contract. Tynes, who missed two earlier kicks against the Packers, was set to be an unrestricted free agent Feb. 29.

Tynes, who made 23-of-27 field goals, isn’t in the class of Gould at this point.

Gould represented the NFC in the Pro Bowl following the 2006 season and has been a model of consistency. He made 31-of-36 field goals this past season and 32-of-36 the year before. He is 24-of-28 over the last two seasons from 40-49 yards. The Bears would like to see him maintain his leg strength on kickoffs as the season wears on.

It’s more likely Gould will be paying closer attention to what the Tennessee Titans are going to pay their kicker Rob Bironas, the Pro Bowler who will be a restricted free agent. They are reported to be in contract talks with Harold Lewis, who represents Bironas.

``I'm not really worried about that,’’ Gould said of a new contract in December. ``That's for the people upstairs to figure out and my agent to talk about. All I am really worried about is doing my job. If I do my job, then the new contract and everything else will come with it.

``Is it a matter of time? Sure, it probably is. But is it going to happen? When is it going to happen? I don't know. What I am focused on is winning the next game and getting ready for the start of a great offseason and get back to more success.’’

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